WORKFORCE: Devon Partnership Trust plans to save money by rolling out non-medical prescribing for certain drugs. However, nurses and other clinicians who take on the extr responsibility will not be paid more.

A report to the trust’s board identified non-medical prescribing as a key tenet of its £6.8m cost improvement program. It said this would support the development of Clozapine clinics and shared care arrangements in substance misuse services leading to a reduction in medical sessions.

However, the report said recruitment to these posts will be part of an individual personal development plan with “no additional financial reward for undertaking the role”.